The most important software programs need not always be expensive. There are plenty of free PC programs available on the web that make your PC perform better and your computing life whole lot easier. Here is a handy list of what we believe is some of the essential free PC software available- some tools you might be familiar with, some you might not. But once you’ve used them, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
1. Mozilla Firefox 29
If you’re not comfortable with your current browser, you can always switch to an alternative. Firefox is a full-featured Web browser which includes pop-up blocking, tab browsing, integrated Google Search, simplified privacy controls, a streamlined browser window that shows you more of the page than any other browser and a number of other features that work with you to help you get the most out of your time online.
2. Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash is a great plugin for creating digital media content, including graphics, animation, audio, video and interactive media. Flash is most commonly used by wed developers to display animated and/or interactive content on web pages but it can be used for other applications as well.
3. Google Chrome
Google Chrome is another popular browser. Chrome users are lucky to get Adobe Flash Player as part of download package. It features secure browsing and sync capabilities that allow you to access your customized browser from any computer. Chrome’s single-click bookmarking method, done by simply clicking the star located on the right side of the address bar, also makes bookmarking your favourite WebPages a breeze and hassle-free experience.
4. Open Office
Microsoft Office is the best software when it comes to productivity, but for those on a tight budget, here’s a free alternative that offers you the same functionality as Microsoft. Writer and Calc are equivalent to Word and Excel. Instead of PowerPoint, try Impress that helps you create multimedia presentations.
Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20 virtual desktops. Dexpot creates additional workspaces, you can quickly switch between. You can customize them so that certain programs and windows will always open on a certain desktop. Users of netbooks, tablets and UMPC with limited screens and low resolution will benefit from Dexpot as well.
KeePass is a convenient utility that lets you create a database to store as many passwords as you like, all secured with a single, master password. Once locked, the password database is encrypted with secure algorithms and it stays secure because it is on your computer, not transmitted over the internet.
Truecrypt is a popular, and free on the fly encryption software program that users concerned with protecting data from prying eyes will find robust and comprehensive. An interesting part is that encryption happens in real time, so you don’t have to wait.
9. Revo Uninstaller
Standard deletion of programs leaves some files behind. Overtime, this can slowdown your computer. Once installed, Revo Uninstaller automatically scans for ‘leftovers’ after a conventional deletion and informs you if there are any issues.
10. Avast Free Antivirus
A PC without anti-virus software is like a house without any doors. Anybody could get in and wreak havoc. Avast antivirus is a security tool that is simple to install and a straightforward interface makes it easy to use. In addition to identifying potential threats, Avast has some useful extras, too. It alerts you to program updates you’ve missed.
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